New York Tribune

"The Evolution of a Jacket"
Helen Campbell
In the ninth chapter of her "Prisoners of Poverty" series, Campbell describes how jacket makers did "piece-work," meaning women had to work from home with their own equipment, making just one part of each jacket. This way manufacturers, in addition to paying low wages, saved on rent and equipment too.
"The True Story of Lotte Bauer"
Helen Campbell
Campbell tells the story of Lotte, a young Prussian immigrant who moves with her family to New York City. When her brother gets paralyzed on the job, Lotte tries to make ends meet with her sewing. She fails to make enough money and her family falls into destitution.
"Negative or Positive Gospel"
Helen Campbell
In this "Prisoners of Povert" column, Helen Campbell criticizes the Church for failing to acknowledge, let alone advocate for the city's poor. She assures the reader that New York's poor are very real and goes on to tell the story of a young mother struggling to support her sick husband and children by working in underwear manufacturing.
"More Methods of Prosperous Firms"
Helen Campbell
In the sixth installment of "Prisoners of Poverty," Campbell continues her Marxist critique of the garment manufacturing industry. She describes how competitionsbetween and within manufacturers contributes to low wages, long hours and poor conditions for the working poor, especially women.
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